Jessica L. Watts, PE, CFM, D.WRE, ENV SP
For Jessica Watts, one of her biggest inspirations is being a steward of Earth. “I have always loved the idea conveyed by the utopian image of urban cities common in science fiction television and movies,” she says. “I love thinking about how people, nature, and infrastructure can be woven together to create a space that is functional art. I see how cities can change for the better by integrating the best of the urban landscape and marrying it with sustainable infrastructure to be resilient and improve the health of both people and the environment.”
Jessica has over 20 years of experience in planning, modeling, and design of stormwater management, green infrastructure, and civil/site development. Her experience encompasses a wide range of other civil and water resources projects including roadway design, federal design including, USACE, Navy, and FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), shoreline stabilization, and resiliency projects including serving as Task Force Leader for New Orleans Infrastructure Assessment after Hurricane Katrina disaster.
In New Orleans, Jessica says the green infrastructure initiatives she led allowed her to reimagine how stormwater is managed in the city. “I have found myself applying skills and understanding from every aspect of my civil engineering career, including transportation, site development, and water resources, to create an integrated solution that reduced flooding as well as improved water quality, sequestered carbon and bicycle and pedestrian safety.”